John1:1-18 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 He was in the beginning with God. 3 All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made. 4 In Him was life, and the life was the light of men. 5 And the light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend it.
6 There was a man sent from God, whose name was John. 7 This man came for a witness, to bear witness of the Light, that all through him might believe. 8 He was not that Light, but was sent to bear witness of that Light. 9 That was the true Light which gives light to every man coming into the world.
10 He was in the world, and the world was made through Him, and the world did not know Him. 11 He came to His own,[c] and His own did not receive Him. 12 But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name: 13 who were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.
14 And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth.15 John bore witness of Him and cried out, saying, “This was He of whom I said, ‘He who comes after me is preferred before me, for He was before me.’”16 And of His fullness we have all received, and grace for grace. 17 For the law was given through Moses, but grace and truth came through Jesus Christ. 18 No one has seen God at any time. The only begotten Son, who is in the bosom of the Father, He has declared Him.
About a year ago I was meditating and thinking on what to pray for our future, not really knowing exactly what to pray and the Lord said to me “when you don’t know what to pray, pray my word.” And then He asked “And do you ever know exactly what to pray?” Of course I said…no. He said “then always pray my word”. That has stuck with me ever since and I started to study about this truth in the Word.
It says in John 1 that the Word is Jesus, and “All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made. In Him was life, and the life was the light of men.” The Word of God that existed from the beginning “became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth.” The Word of God is full of nothing else but grace and truth. It is the Gospel of grace, which means that everything in the Word becomes truth in our life only when we receive grace. Without grace we cannot receive truth, without grace we chase after truth with human understanding trying to explain the Word with our human intellect but falling short of the truth. Without grace we have a law mentality and a mixed covenant view (saved by grace but living by the law). Under this mixed covenant belief we are not able to receive the fullness of Jesus and His truth. Grace and truth is not something we chase after but something we receive “grace and truth came through Jesus Christ “.
Grace is not given just once, God is constantly showering us with His grace (the fullness of Jesus) (Hebrews 6:7). You will notice Paul’s letters all start with “grace and peace from God the father and our Lord Jesus Christ.” Grace (God’s unmerited favor through Jesus Christ) is something we must constantly receive. And as we continue to receive His grace we will continue to receive His truth in His Word. His Word full of truth becomes life to us, He is the bread of life (John 6:48). In John 6 Jesus talked about “being the living bread which came down from heaven.” and about eating His flesh and drinking His blood. The people in the synagogue did not understand Him but He told His disciples “63 It is the Spirit who gives life; the flesh profits nothing. The words that I speak to you are spirit, and they are life.” This flesh that we eat is the Word of God, “And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us“. But it is only under grace that we can eat His flesh and drink His blood, without grace we are “unskilled in the word of righteousness” – Hebrews 5:13 and cannot eat solid food (truth) but only drink milk.
As we receive His grace (unmerited favor) we are able to speak the Word full of truth into our lives. His Word is spirit and it is life. Under grace we are led by the Spirit into all truth. And as we speak the Word full of truth into our lives we are speaking Jesus Himself, His incorruptible seed into every area of our lives. His seed always produces good fruit and the “word of the Lord endures forever” – 1 Peter 1:25.
1 Peter 1:22-25 22 Since you have purified your souls in obeying the truth through the Spirit in sincere love of the brethren, love one another fervently with a pure heart, 23 having been born again, not of corruptible seed but incorruptible, through the word of God which lives and abides forever, 24 because “All flesh is as grass, And all the glory of man as the flower of the grass. The grass withers, And its flower falls away, 25 But the word of the Lord endures forever.” Now this is the word which by the gospel was preached to you.
The word of God under grace and truth will always effectively work in us to produce fruit (1 Thessalonians 2:13). In Jesus’ parable of the sower (Mark 4) He explains that the seed being sown is the Word. The ground is our heart, but only the last seed that falls on “good ground” produces a crop. How do we get this “, “good ground”? Is it by our own effort or obedience? The good news is that having good ground for the seed has nothing to do with what we do but everything to do with what He has done and what we receive. Our heart (ground) can only receive the seed (word) and produce a crop (truth) if our heart (ground) is covered with rain (grace) – (Hebrews 6-7-8). We must receive the grace of God that constantly rains down on us, this makes our heart fertile ground for His word full of truth. Receiving the grace of God (unmerited favor in the fullness of Jesus) guarantees that we will be eating solid food (truth). It is everything that He did and nothing that we do that produces fruit in our lives. The more grace and truth we receive, the more truth we can speak over our lives. And the more truth we can pray in every circumstance in our lives. The word of God goes to work in our lives and it cannot be chained, nothing can stop it (2 Timothy 2:1-10)
The Word of God is so full of grace and truth, it is Jesus Himself and in it are the very words for our prayers. We should always pray the Word of God, it is spirit and life. Under grace the Spirit leads us into all truth, and we can then pray this truth over every area of our lives. The Gospel of Grace leaves no unanswered questions, only truth for every area of life. The Word of God full of grace and truth is so powerful that when we pray in the Spirit the Spirit is praying the perfect Word of God (Ephesians 6:17-18). The Spirit prays truths in the Word that we don’t yet know.
Ephesians 6:17-18 and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God; 18 praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, being watchful to this end with all perseverance and supplication for all the saints.
Therefore if the Holy Spirit prays the perfect Word of God when we pray in the Spirit, it would be wise for us to pray the Word of God full of grace and truth at all times when we pray. Let’s continue to receive His grace and truth and live by the Word full of grace and truth, Jesus Christ Himself.